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Depeche Mode’s Peter Gordeno reveals his stadium-filling Roland rig

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Depeche Mode’s Peter Gordeno reveals his stadium-filling Roland rig

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With just hours to go until showtime at Prague’s Eden Arena, Peter Gordeno of Depeche Mode slipped an Access All Areas pass around Roland’s neck and invited us to soundcheck. Armed with tunes that span from 1989’s Personal Jesus to this year’s Where’s The Revolution, the Essex trio are the dark lords of British synth-pop – so it’s no surprise that their live rig is a treasure-trove of Roland gear. “We’re a very electronic band,” explains Peter in this behind-the-scenes video interview, “and sometimes we even have three keyboard players playing.”     Now, you’ll get right into the heart…

Sounds of the Roland Boutique SH-01a Synthesizer

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Sounds of the Roland Boutique SH-01a Synthesizer

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The new Roland Boutique SH-01A Synthesizer is a faithful recreation of the classic Roland SH-101 from 1982, a synthesizer that helped shape the sound of countless genres of music including Pop, House, Techno, and Electro. It is a monophonic powerhouse that has one of the most recognizable sounds out there. Its ease of use makes…

Your Child’s First Piano Lessons – Pt.2: Why Do People Learn the Piano?

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Your Child’s First Piano Lessons – Pt.2: Why Do People Learn the Piano?

Once their child is enrolled in a pre-school or kindergarten, one of the things that parents may fret over is the potential learning activities for their children. Typically, most of us feel a bit anxious before starting something new. So before your child begins taking lessons, we would like to give you some useful tips….

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How to Go From the Bedroom to the Club – Getting Your First DJ Gigs

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How to Go From the Bedroom to the Club – Getting Your First DJ Gigs

So, you’ve been DJing for a while now. Fantastic! You’ve also gotten to know your way around the decks. Great stuff! What you are probably wondering now is, “How do I take that big step from playing in my bedroom to my first club gig?” It can be daunting, but remember – every DJ started…

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4 Proven Tips to Inspire Your Songwriting Pt.1 – Inspiration Is Everywhere!

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4 Proven Tips to Inspire Your Songwriting Pt.1 – Inspiration Is Everywhere!

Some of the most inspiring stories of the music industry come not from the brightest-shining stars but from the slow-burning musicians and songwriters whose ability and smarts have provided them with an enviously long career. One such musician is Geoffrey Williams, a singer-songwriter and loop artist who has written for artists such as Michael Jackson…

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Roland Icon Series: The D-50 Linear Synthesizer

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Roland Icon Series: The D-50 Linear Synthesizer

The Roland Icon Series is a collection of articles looking back at the most popular and recognized Roland instruments. In over four decades, Roland has designed many world-first instruments, like the first touch-sensitive keyboard and first guitar synthesizer.     MOVING FORWARD   The late 1970s and early 1980s saw Roland pioneering synth design with…

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Expanding and Customizing Your V-DRUMS

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Expanding and Customizing Your V-DRUMS

Drummers love to expand and customize their kits. Customizing a kit helps to reflect a drummers personality, as well as assisting them with fitting into any musical situation. Already well known for their huge possibilities for great sounds and playability, Roland’s V-Drums are also capable of some fantastic customizing. Apart from making sure you have…

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How to Get Started in Modular Synthesis

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How to Get Started in Modular Synthesis

There is no doubt that the popularity of modular synthesis is rising. You don’t have to look far to see the enormous interest in these instruments, in clubs, studios and bedrooms and worldwide. But what exactly are these boxes of coloured cables and knobs? Are they worth the investment? Do they live up to their…

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How to Get New Sounds for Your Roland Synth

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How to Get New Sounds for Your Roland Synth

Synthesizers are incredible instruments. With an abundance of sounds and options available to you, your tonal choices never dry up! With USB, MIDI, and editing software, it has never been easier to create, tweak, store, recall and import custom sounds in and out of your synthesizer. If you want to look further than the presets…

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How 3 Boss Pedals Changed the World – Part 2

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How 3 Boss Pedals Changed the World – Part 2

As we discovered in our previous article, effects pedals prior to 1977 were quite clunky. Big and cumbersome, effects pedals were barely on the average guitar player’s radar throughout most of the 70s. This was due to the high cost, low production numbers and inconvenient nature of these boxes. BOSS changed all that in 1977,…

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Roland TB-03 and TR-09: A Classic Pair Resurrected

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Roland TB-03 and TR-09: A Classic Pair Resurrected

In the past few years, we have seen a huge resurgence in both analog and digital hardware. Eurorack modular synthesizer systems have exploded in popularity and vintage synth prices have skyrocketed. The tactile experience of using hardware instruments is drawing artists back to tabletops filled with drum machines and synthesizers. The original Roland TB-303 Bass…

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